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The Public Library in Boston

Trey’s 360 Podcast – Dr David Sands on the wonders of zinc

Dr David Sands, as well as being a rather talented poet, is a professor of Plant Pathology, Bacteriology and Biocontrol of Weeds with Plant Pathogens. In this chat we talk a little about genes before moving on to the benefits of zinc. Then, as with all good science talk, we end with a poem.

If this is your first time seeing a 360 Video, note you can grab the screen and look anywhere! Or alternatively, here is the audio version…

Daily Photo – The Public Library in Boston

This is one of the coolest libraries I’ve ever visited! I was once again paranoid I’d be kicked out for taking photos, but they didn’t seem to mind at all! I didn’t take in my tripod because I don’t usually use it in the daytime. Besides, it was bright enough inside to squeeze off three brackets and make sure that my shutter speed was fast enough for no blur. My rule of thumb on that is to make sure my slowest exposure is at least 1/30th of a second!

The Public Library in Boston

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-14 10:22:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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It’s Always Cloudy in Philadelphia

Ethan goes to Outward Bound

Here’s a fun little 360 video I made when I took Ethan to Outward Bound in New Zealand. The lens is a little messed up with cracks and scratches and stuff, but, then again, so am I. 🙂 Enjoy!

If this is your first time seeing a 360 Video, note you can grab the screen and look anywhere!

Daily Photo – It’s Always Cloudy in Philadelphia

That’s not true. It’s usually sunny. I ended up at a rooftop bar. I forgot which one… they all blur together at some point. But whichever one I was at, I saw this incredible sunset blooming over southern Philly. What a great town! I know it’s called the town of brotherly love, but I really did sense a real brotherhood there. People on the streets were really nice and fun… maybe just a tiny bit more than some other cities! I mean, I find nice people in all cities, but maybe Philly just had them beat by a few molecules.

It’s Always Cloudy in Philadelphia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-08 18:10:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Freedom Tower

Analytics can be boring, but also surprising. For example, over on my Kit.com page where I list all my gear, favorite books, and more the camera people most look at is not my a7R III but the Fuji X-T2. Those are not the top item overall though. If anyone can guess that, I’ll happily buy you one of that item…

Daily Photo – Freedom Tower

We took a Lyft into downtown New York to shoot the financial district. Literally the second I popped out of the Uber, I saw this perfect scene with the cloud centered right on top. I had to quickly get my settings right to snap the photo even before I was fully out of the car! I’m sure the driver thought I was some lame tourist… and, well, I guess I am! I’m okay with that.

Freedom Tower

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-22 23:15:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture9
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Ballpark in Pittsburgh

Luminar 4

The people over at Skylum are hard at work on Luminar 4 and have announced a few new features. First up was a quick and easy way to replace the sky in your images, then some AI Structure functionality and now it’s AI-powered portrait enhancements. I’ll be playing with the beta on my Africa trip and if you’re interested in more info (or to pre-order) you can check out their promo vids here.

Daily Photo – The Ballpark in Pittsburgh

If I was a true baseball fan, I would know the name of this place in Pittsburgh where they play baseball. I at least know the team is called The Pittsburgh Pirates. Maybe it’s called Pirate Stadium? Or, knowing the USA, it’s probably called “Geico Stadium” or some horrible name like that. Now that I spend more time back in the USA vs. NZ, I’m so surprised how everything has to have a brand on it… it’s like this brand-crazy place. It’s not a bad thing or a good thing… just a weird thing.

The Ballpark in Pittsburgh

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-06 03:14:25
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length36.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Vessel in New York City

Passport Reminder

If you’re a Passport Member, you get to see me process my latest photo from Notre Dame in Montreal! Here it is directly below so you can compare it to the Notre Dame in Lyon. Man, these Notre Dames are just popping up all over the place!

First, here is Notre Dame de Fourvière in Lyon
Notre Dame of Lyon This is the interior of the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvre. It is probably the most lavish and beautiful cathedral I have ever been inside. It beats the other Notre Dame in Paris by a mile. I’ve never been in the Sistine Chapel, which is probably more lavish. I was going to visit it on my last trip to Rome but the Pope died the day I was there… so that one was… busy.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Second, here is the Notre Dame in Montreal (which I think is even more beautiful… and that’s saying a lot!)

Notre-Dame in Montreal

Daily Photo – The Vessel in New York City

One of the first stops on the Americas tour was The Vessel here in New York City. My friend, The Professor Kenneth Hines got us some passes to go up at sunset. It was the perfect time with the perfect friend! If you are a Passport Member, then you might have seen this Behind-the-Scenes at The Vessel when some asshole guard came up to me and was quite rude about my tripod. I swear… I do actually respect rules, but I don’t like dudes on an egotistic power-trip. Yeah, big deal dude, it’s your job to walk around steps and make sure people don’t use three rods of carbon fiber to secure a camera. You’ve really arrived at your true calling, dude.

The Vessel in New York City

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-22 20:50:56
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture4
  • ISO640
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Incredible Boston and the Paramount Theater

Hey, Trey from the past here… or is it the future? Not sure, anyway, by the time you are reading this I’ll have landed in Africa for my latest workshop. There are no more scheduled for 2019 but you can grab a spot on the 2020 New Zealand workshop here.

Daily Photo – Incredible Boston and the Paramount Theater

I didn’t know Boston very well at all before visiting, so it was a real delight when I was in a car on the way to the Ritz-Carlton and I saw this amazing theater! I’ve never seen it before and it feels like it’s right out of the 1940’s. I visited here many times to get a lot of different perspectives, but this was one of my favorites. I went down the street a bit, switched to portrait mode, and zoomed in to get a bit of the compression effect.

Incredible Boston and the Paramount Theater

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-14 18:03:15
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length93.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Morning in Angkor Wat

Trey’s 360 Podcast – Fossil Hunting with Dr. Jack Horner in Yellowstone

You’ll probably want to check out the video version of this one but I’ll include the audio option as well. 🙂

Join Dr. Jack Horner (part of the inspiration for Sam Neill’s character in Jurassic Park) and I on a short exploration of Slough Creek where he explains the makeup of the landscape while we hunt for some fossils.

Daily Photo – Morning in Angkor Wat

I made it out to this amazing temple three mornings in a row to take photos. Each one was more beautiful than the last. One of my favorite bits was there were a bunch of young Cambodian boys running all over the place offering to bring me coffee. They have this coffee there that they mix with evaporated milk to make it extra creamy.

Morning in Angkor Wat

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2007-06-02 22:43:40
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Way Above Laucala Island

Burning Man or a Toddler?

Here is a list of 18 things that are identical if you are attending Burning Man or parenting a toddler! How funny and true! 🙂

Daily Photo – Way Above Laucala Island

Every day I stayed on Laucala Island, I got the quadcopter up as many times as possible. Charging batteries is always a pain, so I had to make sure I saved enough charge to fly at sunset. Almost every sunset was perfect, and this was one of my favorites.

Way Above Laucala Island

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-01-24 22:39:35
  • CameraFC2204
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture3.8
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length8.6 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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A Pixel Panorama

Documenting Burning Man interview…

Right before I headed out this year, I did a fun interview with Steve Brazill on his podcast called “Behind the Shot.” Check it out below – thanks again Steve!

Daily Photo – A Pixel Panorama

I was visiting some friends over near Jack’s Point for a dinner and I walked down on the beach around sunset. I didn’t have my big-boy camera with me, but I did have the Pixel 3. I often use it to take a series of vertical photos and then I stitch them together later using Lightroom. I don’t like using the panorama mode in the camera app because it doesn’t produce as high-res of an image.

A Pixel Panorama

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-03-28 19:49:04
  • CameraPixel 3 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/120
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO68
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Endless Forests of Malaysia

Fred the Dolphin

Today’s Podcast is a really fun walk with Fred Newman while we were staying at an awesome ranch in Montana. How do I describe this guy? He’s the sort of man that would not like any sort of description, I believe! But, in short, he’s one of the most amazing sound-effects and voice guys in the world. He’s very respected and you’ve probably heard his voice in everything from Doug to Men in Black to A Prairie Home Companion. From Wikipedia, regarding the latter, “In an audience favorite feature of the program, Keillor tells an apparently impromptu story that is funny because it requires Newman to strain to supply rapid-fire sound effects for unusual occurrences and obscure animals.”

Or if the audio version is more to your liking…

Daily Photo – The Endless Forests of Malaysia

One day we took a boat out to visit some floating markets on these winding rivers in Langkawai. After you get up high, you get a great perspective on how heavily forested (jungled? is that a word? Jungly?) this island is. It reminds me a lot of Vietnam or Cambodia in a way…

The Endless Forests of Malaysia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-02 11:05:10
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.656

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